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OPINION: Combination of Trump, Trudeau agendas could hobble Canadian industry

OPINION: Combination of Trump, Trudeau agendas could hobble Canadian industry

Marching to a $50 per tonne Canada-wide carbon price while the U.S. stands pat risks diminishing the competitive vitality of a number of industries that account for the bulk of Canadian exports and play a significant role in sustaining regional economies across the country.
OPINION: Government rationing of doctors creates three-tier health care in Nova Scotia

OPINION: Government rationing of doctors creates three-tier health care in Nova Scotia

Rather than encouraging increased access to primary care, the Nova Scotia Health Authority is using the principle of public administration to promote rationing. Clinics and communities can't hire doctors to meet the needs of the 80,000 citizens who don't have access.
COMMENTARY: Attention, shoppers! Grocery carts are germ magnets

COMMENTARY: Attention, shoppers! Grocery carts are germ magnets

Most of us aren’t aware of just how unsanitary shopping carts often are. Even when several large supermarket chains introduced antibacterial wipes near the front of their stores a few years ago, many shoppers never gave the issue a second thought.
'Twas the plight before Christmas, but no bigwigs took heed

'Twas the plight before Christmas, but no bigwigs took heed

'Our lives are destroyed and our spirits are weary. This Christmas season is really quite dreary. You have the power to make a bad event good. If it were your own family, we know that you would!'
COMMENTARY: What marijuana legalization might look like in practice in Nova Scotia

COMMENTARY: What marijuana legalization might look like in practice in Nova Scotia

If Nova Scotia follows the federal task force recommendations on production, the provincial cannabis industry could develop in much the same manner as the craft beer industry, with localized strains and branding. If so, it is foreseeable that this could be a significant economic engine for rural Nova Scotia.
OPINION: Canada could drastically cut bills for pills if it got its act together

OPINION: Canada could drastically cut bills for pills if it got its act together

Our U.S.-style approach to prescription medications leaves us with U.S.-style results (that’s not a good thing). Many Canadians have no drug insurance whatsoever and one-fifth of Canadians now report that someone in their household is not taking their prescription medicine due to concerns about costs. 
OPINION: It's misguided to deny industry input into new Canada's Food Guide

OPINION: It's misguided to deny industry input into new Canada's Food Guide

It's misguided to suggest that industry's input into the guide is or would be malicious. Certainly, industry seeks to make a profit, but it's also there to feed us. And it can draw the line between what is economically possible and the arbitrarily ideological.
OPINION: As scary as this is, let's open up discussion on inclusion of special-needs kids

OPINION: As scary as this is, let's open up discussion on inclusion of special-needs kids

My son, who has a communication and language delay, didn't see a speech language pathologist until halfway through his first year of school .... The occupational therapist? He saw her once .... Guess who is picking up the slack for that lack of support services? Teachers and educational program assistants (EPAs). That's who.
OPINION: School system ill-adapted to modern challenges

OPINION: School system ill-adapted to modern challenges

For the most part, standardized tests are not worth the time, effort and stress on kids, teachers and parents. You don’t fatten your calf by weighing it. Teachers, parents and students can best assess student progress toward defined outcomes.
OPINION: How Dr. Carrie Best blazed the trail for Viola Desmond and personally challenged me

OPINION: How Dr. Carrie Best blazed the trail for Viola Desmond and personally challenged me

As we sat in the foyer that night, I still remember the 85-year-old Dr. Carrie Best — an incredibly brave journalist — fixing her penetrating gaze on me and asking me what I planned to do to foster racial equality. She meant me personally, not just me as a journalist.